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Jacqueline Wilson is the author of over 20 titles for children with sales of over 20 million books. She is currently the most borrowed author from UK libraries.

Vicky Ireland was Artistic Director of Polka Theatre for children and is now a freelance theatre director.

Bad Girls
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Bad Girls

Jacqueline Wilson, adapted Vicky Ireland
 

An energetic, fast-moving adaptation for the stage of this modern children's classic, by the best-selling author and 2005 Children's Laureate.

Mandy's been picked on at school for as long as she can remember. That's why she is delighted when cheeky, daring, full-of-fun Tanya picks her as a friend. Mum isn't happy – she thinks Tanya's a 'bad girl' and a bad influence. Mandy's sure Tanya can only get her out of trouble, not into it. But can she?

This edition comes with production notes indicating how the play can be staged even with minimal resources - plus a lot of ingenuity!

Review
Punchy, stimulating and theatrically ingenious... Bad Girls is a veritable model of theatre for young people -  Manchester Evening News

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-910-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Lottie Project, The
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Lottie Project, The

Jacqueline Wilson, adapted Vicky Ireland
 

An adaptation for the stage of this modern children's classic by the best-selling author and 2005 Children's Laureate.

For her history project, Charlie hits on the idea of writing the diary of Lottie, a young Victorian serving girl. When Charlie's mother loses her job as a shop manageress and starts work as a cleaner, Charlie's previously happy and comfortable lifestyle is threatened, and she finds her own hardships and struggles are not so different from Lottie's.

First staged at the Polka Children's Theatre in 1999, this adaptation is suitable for young actors as well as young audiences. The adapter, Vicky Ireland, has provided production notes to indicate how the play can be staged even with minimal resources - plus a lot of ingenuity!

Review
Both thought provoking and very funny, while giving a young audience a real sense of what it feels like to be a Victorian -  Evening Standard

Cast : 2M, 4F (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-911-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Midnight
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Midnight

Jacqueline Wilson, adapted Vicky Ireland
 

An adaptation for the stage of this modern children's classic by the best-selling author and 2005 Children's Laureate.

Thirteen-year-old Violet has plenty to wish for. She wishes Will, her older brother, would be kinder to her. She wishes beautiful charismatic Jasmine would be her friend for ever. Most of all she wishes she could meet her favourite author, Casper Dream. Violet is sure that someone who can create the fairy tales she loves so much would be able to conjure up a solution to her problems.

Seen all over the country and in the West End, this resourceful dramatisation of Jacqueline Wilson's Midnight is suitable for young actors as well as young audiences. The adapter, Vicky Ireland, has provided production notes to indicate how the play can be staged even with minimal resources - plus a lot of ingenuity!

Review
'Balances the magical world of the imagination with the harsher realities of growing up in modern Britain... Never shies away from the dark and difficult.'  The Times
Cast : 3 (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-909-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Secrets
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Secrets

Jacqueline Wilson, adapted Vicky Ireland
 
A new play by Vicky Ireland, based on Jacqueline Wilson’s immensely popular novel.

Set within a dysfunctional family, Secrets is typical Wilson territory. India compensates for her neglectful parents by burying herself in Anne Frank’s Diary—and in her new friendship with Treasure, who has run away from home.

Review
'You’d have to be insensitive and iron-hearted not to be smiling through tears at the end of this powerful emotional rollercoaster.'   The Stage



Cast : 1M, 6F (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books  | 978-1-84842-012-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Suitcase Kid, The
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Suitcase Kid, The

Jacqueline Wilson, adapted Vicky Ireland
 
A new play by Vicky Ireland, based on Jacqueline Wilson’s immensely popular novel.

Dealing with the break-up of a family home, The Suitcase Kid is typical Wilson territory. Andrea is condemned to shuttling between her Mum and Dad, when each takes up with a new partner…

Review
A real theatrical treat... the audience of school parties fell quiet as mice and raptly attentive the second the lights went down  -  Scarborough Evening News



Cast : 1M, 2F + 2M/F extras
Nick Hern Books  | 978-1-84842-013-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB